CHAPTER VII WE will now come down to earth. The second part of our journey is nearly completed. It has been. largely a journey through a desert. And yet. . .if we had paused to notice them... our attention would have been diverted by a number of strange growths which have sprung up in the waste places. These growths are the products of Hindu Nationalism. They have always been indigenous to the Indian soil, but only since the sun of independence has risen over the horizon have they lifted themselves out of the dust, waxed and prospered, and proclaimed their true shape and quality. They are of the utmost interest to the student of world affairs, for they bear no sort of resemblance to the social flora of any other country. Let us pause to examine them, beginning with what is perhaps the strangest growth of all — by name Ayurveda. If the average British or American citizen, were told that syphilis could be cured by drinking a cup of tea, he would be sceptical ; modern civic education has taught him that venereal disease is not quite so simple as a cold in the head. He knows that syphilis, at least in its first two stages, is curable, but only after many months of skilled and specialized treatment by intravenous and intramuscular injections. If he were told that this same cup of tea would cure tuberculosis, his scepticism would probably change into anger. He is aware that medical science is making wonderful progress ; but this would not be an example of progress, it would be a piece of witchcraft. And when the same cup of tea was proffered to him as a specific for indigestion, and, as if that were not enough, for brain-fever, malaria, gonorrhoea, heart-failure, and bronchitis — inter alia — he would be inclined to throw back the cup of tea, rather violently, . into the face of its inventor. For he feels that persons making such claims, even though they may themselves believe them* are among the enemies of society.